According to data released by Connect for Health Colorado, the state-run health insurance exchange, El Paso County residents receive an average monthly tax credit of $304.30 and county residents account for 13,371 enrollees. Denver County leads the state with 23,530 enrollees while Delta County leads the state in average monthly tax credits at just more […]
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Scientists found fluorinated chemicals in about a third of take-out food packaging samples tested, according to an academic paper released earlier this week by the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters. Previous research has shown these chemicals can migrate from packaging into the food that customers eat. The nine authors of the paper included scientists […]
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Recent stumbles over financiers and cuts in Medicare funding do not reflect the overall health of one of the region’s largest employers, said Penrose-St. Francis Health Services CEO Margaret Sabin, who emphasized the system’s financial fitness and records in both revenue and patient volume during the past year. The stumbles include delayed expansion at its […]
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UCHealth has, for the last year and a half, undergone a behind-the-scenes rebranding effort, which launched Feb. 1. The launch includes a new logo that will gradually replace existing signage, to include those adorning both Memorial campuses in Colorado Springs. The rebranding was meant to unify the organization and “inspire people both internally and externally,” […]
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While 2016 went in the books as one of the most aggressive years for regional health care expansion planning, Centura’s Penrose-St. Francis Health Services will — at least in part — be playing catch-up in 2017. Last year posed funding challenges for Catholic Health Initiatives, financier of Centura’s planned Colorado Springs projects, including a $100 […]
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The Lockton Mountain West Benefit Group in Denver released results from its annual Colorado Employer Benefits Survey Dec. 27, revealing employers predict health cost benefits to increase 7.6 percent on average in 2017 [before plan design changes]. Over the last two months, the independent insurance brokerage firm surveyed 280 employers in the state — roughly […]
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Despite overseeing a state with one of the nation’s strongest economies, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s recently released 2017-18 budget proposal includes a $500 million shortfall that, in theory, will be balanced by cuts to Medicaid funding through the state’s Hospital Provider Fee. The fee, paid for by hospitals, is matched...
More than 300 Children’s Hospital Colorado staff, patients and community leaders attended a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 16 to mark the official start of construction on Colorado Springs’ first free-standing hospital specializing in pediatric care. The five-level facility will be constructed on UCHealth’s Memorial Hospital North campus, between Briargate Parkway and N. Union Boulevard, and include a neonatal […]
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Like many industries, health care in the Pikes Peak region is finding its workforce at insufficient levels to meet the community’s needs. The problem stems from the expansion of Medicaid, a rapidly growing senior population and the shrinking marketplace of primary care providers. COShealth, a partnership of local health-care and workforce organizations, is a spin-off […]
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Of all the amendments spelled out in this year’s 2016 state ballot information booklet, Amendment 69, the single-payer amendment, has by far the most pages devoted to its explanation. The unusual amount of space needed to break down the ballot question exemplifies its complexity. The amendment would create the nation’s first taxpayer-financed health care system […]
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Workshops planned to help customers navigate system Fall foliage and crisp weather aren’t the only signs of autumn. Those who are Medicare-eligible should take note: Open enrollment begins this weekend (Oct. 15) and will run through Dec. 7 for those 65 or older. That means decisions must be made regarding the seemingly infinite Medicare options […]
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For those deciding between employer-provided insurance and shopping the marketplace, this can be a daunting time of year. “I saw in a recent study that people don’t like choosing health plans,” said Minneapolis-based Craig Hankins, vice president of digital products for UnitedHealthcare. “They’d rather go to the dentist or do taxes than choose a health […]
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